Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final – Kilmoyley 3-15 St Brendan’s Ardfert 1-13

Kilmoyley defeated St. Brendans by 3-15 to 1-13 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 27th at Abbeydorney.

Collins stars as Kilmoyley take Kerry honours

Kilmoyley 3-15 St Brendan’s Ardfert 1-13

By Murt Murphy

Kilmoyley have captured their 23rd Kerry Senior Hurling Championship title after they put St Brendan’s Ardfert to the sword in ideal conditions in Abbeydorney.

The win sees Kilmoyley move to within one of championship table toppers Ballyduff. It was vintage Kilmoyley in the opening half as they completely outplayed a St Brendan’s side who were labouring up front, while John Meyler’s men were ruthless at the other end.

Kerry senior star Daniel Collins, who ironically won an All-Ireland Club Football title with opponents Ardfert last February, tormented St Brendan’s along with Paudie O’Connor and Adrian Royle. St Brendan’s enjoyed a brief period of supremacy in the opening five minutes thanks to two John Egan points, but it was merely a blip as Kilmoyley took over and points from Daniel Collins and Paudie O’Connor steadied the ship, before a long-range free from Collins went all the way to the net in the 15th minute.

St Brendan’s were reliant on Egan for scores, while Collins punished the Ardfert side with unerring accuracy from placed balls, adding four points. Scores from Sean Maunsell, James McCarthy and Paudie O’Connor left Kilmoyley 1-10 to 0-6 ahead at the interval.

St Brendan’s rallied briefly after half time, with three early Egan points, but their world fell apart when Kilmoyley veteran Micheal Regan finished to the net in the 40th minute. Any hopes of a St Brendan’s revival were dashed when Egan received a second yellow midway through the half and that was that.

Darren Wallace did get a consolation goal for the losers, but man of match Daniel Collins completed the Kilmoyley rout with a 58th goal as they won their first title since 2009.

St Brendan’s: D Delaney; C Flaherty, R Horgan, F Horgan, S Leen, E Corridan, K Orpen; D Dineen (0-02s/l), F Mackessy; K Skinner, T Hannafin, D Griffin, E Leen (0-02), C Hussey, J Egan (0-08, )-06f).
Subs: K Hannafin (0-01) for T Hannafin (h/t), D Wallace (1-00) for K Skinner (41), J Wallace for E Corridan (45).

Kilmoyley: A McCabe; S Murnane, S Dowling, S Nolan , F McCarthy, D Fitzelle, T Murnane; James Godley, J Brick; J McCarthy (0-01), S Maunsell (0-02), R Collins, P O’Connor (0-02), A Royle, D Collins (2-10, 1-09f).
Subs: M Regan (1-00) for A Royle (21), M O’Connor for J Brick (50), I Brick for P O’Connor (59), T Maunsell for R Collins (59).

Referee: J Mullins (Limerick)

TG4 Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final – Waterford 3-14 Kildare 0-10

Waterford defeated Kildare by 3-14 o 0-10 in the TG4 Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 27th at Croke Park.

TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football final

Waterford 3-14 Kildare 0-10

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

PAT Sullivan’s superb Waterford hammered Kildare by 13 points at Croke Park this afternoon to claim a stunning victory in the TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football final.

The Déise, beaten finalists in 2010 and 2012, finally regained senior championship status as Kildare, who regraded to the intermediate ranks this year, suffered a heavy defeat. A close encounter had been anticipated at GAA HQ but Waterford had far too much power, pace and scoring ability for their opponents to cope with.

Aileen Wall scored 2-2 to help secure the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup and there was a magnificent contribution from evergreen Michelle Ryan off the bench. Ryan, daughter of Westmeath senior hurling manager Michael, scored 1-3 after coming on, including a killer goal that quelled any hopes of a Kildare revival.

In a miserable finish for Kildare, they also lost the services of captain Aisling Holton, who was yellow-carded and sin-binned. Waterford were fully merited winners, despite falling behind to Maria Moolick’s point with just 15 seconds on the clock. Wall equalised and when Sinéad Ryan tapped over a free in the eighth minute, Waterford led from there all the way to the finish.

Wall’s brilliant goal in the 12th minute opened up a 1-3 to 0-2 lead, as the Ballymacarbry player finished brilliantly after cutting in from the right touchline. At half-time, Waterford were 1-9 to 0-5 clear and while Kildare did threaten a second half comeback, they were kept comfortably at arm’s length by a resolute Déise defence.

Karen McGrath earned the player of the match award and although she was named at full-back, the Ballymacarbry stalwart played out around midfield. The closest Kildare got to Waterford in the second half was five points on two occasions but Ryan’s goal put the end result beyond any doubt.

Kildare did have the chance to score an elusive goal but Katie Hannon denied Roisín Byrne. Waterford have excellent displays on the day from a number of players and while Wall and Ryan might claim the headlines, the contribution of Maria Delahunty shouldn’t be ignored either. Delahunty scored a remarkable tally of 0-6 in the first half alone, a haul split evenly between frees and play.

Scorers for Waterford: A Wall 2-2, M Ryan 1-3, M Delahunty 0-6 (3f), S Ryan 0-2 (1f), E Power 0-1.

Scorers for Kildare: M Moolick & R Byrne (1f) 0-3 each, E Dowling 0-2, G Clifford & M McKenna 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: K Hannon; M Wall, M McGrath, L Wall; E Power, M Dunford, L Ryan; K McGrath, E Murray; C McGrath, M Foley, G Kenneally; M Delahunty, S Ryan, A Wall
Subs: M Ryan for Foley (31), H Landers for S Ryan (52), A Murray for C McGrath (55), N Fennell for L Ryan (56), N Dunphy for M Wall (58).

KILDARE: R McGuirk; T Hallinan, A Savage, R Reidy; P Keatley, A Curley, L Furey; A Holton, J Timmins; E Connolly, R Byrne, G Clifford; E Dowling, M Moolick, T Duggan.
Subs: M McKenna for Clifford (29), R Cribbin for Furey (39), N Mulhall for Dowling (44), M Price for Keatley (55).

Referee: M Kenny (Mayo)

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TG4 Senior Ladies Football Final – Cork 0-12 Dublin 0-10

Cork defeated Dublin by 0-12 to 0-10 in the TG4 Senior Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 27th at Croke Park.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC final

Cork 0-12 Dublin 0-10

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

CORK are TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football champions for the tenth time in eleven seasons.

The Rebelettes claimed the five-in-a-row at Croke Park this afternoon, scoring a two-point victory over Dublin in front of a bumper 31,083 attendance. Cork made their move after half-time, reeling off four unanswered points to build a matchwinning lead in what was largely a defensive affair.

Dublin battled all the way to the finish but couldn’t do enough to prevent a second successive final defeat against Cork. For Dubs boss Gregory McGonigle, it’s another bitter pill to swallow as he was also in charge of the Monaghan teams beaten by Cork in 2011 and 2013.
McGonigle and Dublin were quietly confident of avenging last year’s agonising defeat, when Cork came from ten points down in the final quarter.

But Cork had the wherewithal and nous to close out another tight encounter, as dual stars Briege Corkery (named player of the match) and Rena Buckley tasted All-Ireland senior glory for the 16th time. The duo featured in each of Cork’s ten football wins and have also captured six senior camogie medals.

Cork lost Doireann O’Sullivan to the sin bin in the final minute but it mattered little as Eamonn Ryan’s charges effectively wound down the clock to secure the Brendan Martin Cup yet again. The sides were level at the end of a first half that threatened to explode but never really did. They were deadlocked five times kicked six poor wides (Cork had five) and managed just one point from play, with Carla Rowe landing four frees.

Cork had a brace of frees from leading scorer Valerie Mulcahy, who also kicked a couple of poor wides, with Buckley, skipper Ciara O’Sullivan and Doireann O’Sullivan on target from play. Cork suffered a blow in the 15th minute when Geraldine O’Flynn, matchwinner last year, went off to be replaced by Róisín Phelan. But Cork absorbed the blow and went in at half-time level at 0-5 apiece, before unloading with a decisive burst after the restart.

Mulcahy scored three and Doireann O’Sullivan added another as the Rebelettes moved into a 0-9 to 0-5 lead. Points from Amy Connolly and Lyndsey Davey had Dublin back on track but while the Sky Blues did get to within a point late on, Cork closed the game out when Mulcahy nailed another free. She did miss one midway through the half, and dropped another short, but Dublin couldn’t capitalise on Cork’s profligacy with scores of their own at the other end.

Cork were in merciless form at the back, hellbent on ensuring that Dublin wouldn’t find a way through for what would prove to be an elusive goal. McGonigle emptied the bench as Dublin searched for a way back into contention but Cork had done enough to retain the silverware.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-7 (6f), D O’Sullivan 0-2, R Buckley, C O’Sullivan & E Scally 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: C Rowe 0-6 (5f), A Connolly, N McEvoy, L Davey & S McCaffrey 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, A Barrett; V Foley, D O’Reilly, G O’Flynn; R Buckley, B Corkery; C O’Sullivan, A Hutchings, A Walsh; V Mulcahy, Á O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan.
Subs: R Phelan for O’Flynn (15), E Scally for Á O’Sullivan (39), O Finn for Hutchings (42), R Ní Bhuachalla for Walsh (49).

DUBLIN: C Trant; O Carey, M Uí Scanaill, F Hudson; S Furlong, S Finnegan, C Barrett; M Lamb, S Goldrick; N Healy, A Connolly, C Rowe; N McEvoy, L Davey, H Noonan.
Subs: K Flood for Noonan (h.t.), N Owens for Barrett (39), N Collins for Hudson (47), S McCaffrey for Connolly (51), N Rickard for Goldrick (56).

Referee: J Niland (Sligo)

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